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Top 4 Gold Coast Beach walks not to be missed: Scenic ocean views perfect for your instagram feed

Updated: Mar 20, 2021

Planning a visit to the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia? Don't miss the iconic ocean view beachfront walks. Step away from the crowds of Surfers Paradise and get back to nature along one of these these trails. Take your camera, the views are worthy of your instagram feed.

A guide to the top beach walks on the Gold Coast, Queensland
A guide to the top beach walks on the Gold Coast, Queensland

1. Burleigh Headland National Park, Burleigh Heads

Experience the most scenic coastal walk the Gold Coast has to offer. As you enter the trail take in the glistening surf of Burleigh heads looking out toward the iconic Surfers Paradise skyline. Within the rainforest, you can spot the local eucalypt trees and pandanus groves. From the top of the Tumgun lookout point enjoy beachfront views over Tallebudgera creek toward Coolangatta, you may even see a whale or two passing by.

Distance: 2.3km return

Duration: Allow about 45min walking time for the full circuit

Details: The track is an easy grade and all pathed along the way, however there is some uphill walking to get your calves burning as you head to the top of the Tumgun lookout

Burleigh National Park Queensland
View from the top of Tumgun Lookout, Burleigh Headland National Park

Eat and Drink Nearby: Grab a coffee from Nook, or afternoon drinks at the Burleigh Pavilion or The Tropic while you sit back and enjoy the views. Take a picnic and blanket to watch the sunset over Burleigh Hill.

Burleigh Pavilion and the Tropic, Burleigh Heads

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2. Tallebudgera Creek to Palm Beach

On the south side of Burleigh Heads is Tallebudgera Creek, offering calm scenic ocean views over Burleigh heads and the National Park, the iconic Surfers Paradise skyline and Palm Beach. It is the perfect place to enjoy a calm swim or lean-to stand-up paddleboard.

Distance: 2km return Duration: Allow about 30min walking time return Details: Park in Tallebudgera Creek car park. Start at the south side of Tallebudgera creek, follow the creek wall to the endpoint for the best views over Surfers Paradise and Palm Beach, after following the beachfront trail towards Palm Beach

Eat and Drink Nearby: Grab a coffee and baked goods at Custard Canteen, right next to the Tallebudgera Creek car park before starting your walk.

3. Mermaid beach to Nobby Beach and Miami Hill

BSKT Cafe Nobby Beach
BSKT Cafe Nobby Beach

Start your trail along one of the Gold Coast most expensive addresses, Hedges Ave, and stroll past some of the most luxurious properties in the city. Before reaching Miami, grab a takeaway coffee at BSKT, a local institution. Follow the Miami beachfront south toward the colourful stairs of Miami Hill and make your way to the top to enjoy 180c views to the north and south.

Distance: 2km Duration: 30mins Details: Park at the public car parks at Miami Beach or along the side streets around Mermaid Beach.

Eat and Drink nearby: Stop for lunch after in Nobby’s Village, some favourite restaurants not to miss include Forreal Kitchen and the newly opened Backyard cafe.

Backyard Cafe Nobby Beach Gold Coast
Backyard Cafe Nobby Beach

Planning to stay near Nobby Beach or Mermaid Beach: Consider a stay in the heart of Nobby Beach, or slightly further north in Broadbeach. Find some of the best deals for your stay here:

4. Point Danger, Duranbah, Snapper Rocks and Rainbow beach to Kirra:

Start at Point Danger, the most easterly point of Mainland Queensland, right on the border of New South Wales. Take in the views and learn about the history of Captain Cook's discovery voyage past Queensland at the Captain Cook Memorial. Make sure to also take the Centaur Memorial and Remembrance walk, commemorating Australian merchant shipping crews during the Second World War.

From there make your way down to Snapper Rocks, home to the Roxy and Quicksilver pro surfing contests. You’ll also spot Queensland’s very first iconic yellow lifeguard tower here. Follow the trail past the Rainbow Bay Surf club to the Greenmount Headland and on to Kirra Beach for more dreamy ocean views. We love this walk as it offers equally as beautiful scenery as Burleigh but has a much quieter and local feel to it. Distance: 3 km round trip Duration: 45 mins Details: Park at Point Danger and walk North toward Kirra and bach

Eat and Drink nearby: Start with a coffee and snack at Café Dbah or stop for a Fish and Chip lunch at Rainbow Beach surf club.

Cafe Dbah, Duranbah Beach, Gold Coast
Cafe Dbah, Duranbah Beach, Gold Coast

Stay near Coolangatta: Give the boutique pink motel a try, or check out some of these hotel deals around Coolangatta.

We hope you enjoyed our coastal walk guide to the Gold Coast. To see more of our other Gold Coast and Australian destination guides click here.



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